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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Hibbing motorcyclist killed in crash with deer is identified as Kotula

  • Authorities on Thursday released the name of the Hibbing man killed Wednesday morning in a motorcycle accident south of Hibbing.
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  • Authorities on Thursday released the name of the Hibbing man killed Wednesday morning in a motorcycle accident south of Hibbing.
    Thomas L. Kotula, 65, was killed when his Harley-Davidson hit a deer on Minnesota Highway 73 about 13 miles south of Hibbing shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A passenger, Kathryn A. Kotula, 60, was airlifted to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, where she was listed in fair condition Thursday.
    The Kotulas were traveling south when they hit the deer just south of Beauty Mountain Road and lost control, ending up in the west ditch.

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